Respecting human rights
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting respect for fundamental human and labour rights across all spheres where we have an influence, in particular among our employees and our contractual partners.
To demonstrate this commitment, we ensure all our policies and practices are in line with:
- the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- the core international standards of the International Labour Organisation
In addition, we support the principles on human and working rights set out in the UN Global Compact initiative.
The Group's policies and guidelines contribute to ensuring respect for human rights, with particular reference to the Code of Conduct, the Responsible Investment Guideline and the Ethical Code for suppliers.
We provide a working environment that is free from any form of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying, and we promote diversity and inclusion, because we believe that cooperation between people with different skills, perspectives, backgrounds and cultures is a key element to enabling business growth and innovation.
We also recognise our employees' right to freedom of association and collective bargaining, and do not tolerate any form of illegal labour or exploitation, or mandatory, forced and child labour.
In 2017, the Group started an in-depth activity to identify areas to improve and actions that will end in 2018.
IN-HOUSE TRAINING ON HUMAN RIGHTS
We believe that it is fundamental to train and raise the awareness of our people in relation to the issues covered in our Code of Conduct. In 2017, 60,921 employees have completed the Code of Conduct training courses and 33,000 employees have completed the Code of Conduct Refresher training course.
HOW WE MONITOR RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Compliance with the core international standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is monitored by the Group Sustainability and Social Responsibility function, which sends a written questionnaire to Group's companies across the world on an annual basis.
In 2017, this monitoring covered 93.4%* of the Group, and generated the following results:
- child labour: there are no group workers under 16 years of age;
- forced labour: the are no cases of mandatory or forced labour, or any other irregular form of labour in the group
- non-discrimination: three cases of discrimination were reported against employees
- freedom of association and collective bargaining: 91.7% of employees work in Group companies where there is employee representation; 83.1% of employees are covered by collective bargaining agreements and, where these are not in force, employees are hired through a formal written employment contract; 5% of Group employees work at companies located in countries where there are legal restrictions on freedom of association and collective bargaining
* The data refer to the employees of the Group insurance companies (with the exclusion of the Europ Assistance group), who are 66,591. For non-discrimination cases we refer to the employees of insurance companies operating in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland (excluding Europ Assistance).
HOW TO REPORT A SUSPECTED VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Alleged human rights breachescan be reported - anonymously where permitted by law - through the channels set out in the Code of Conduct.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND SUPPLIERS
In application of the provisions on human rights in the Ethical Code for suppliers of the Generali Group, we ask suppliers to operate in accordance with our fundamental principles and to adopt our policies. In particular, they must comply with all applicable rulesand regulations at national and international level, including the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation Declaration on fundamental principles and rights at work, as well as ensuring they are respected across the respective supply chains.